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American abyss

Q&A | The country, says author Charles Murray, has big problems regardless of who wins the presidential election
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/19/12, 02:00 am

American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray writes books that create intellectual tsunamis, from Losing Ground in 1984 (which eviscerated the U.S. welfare system) to Real Education four years ago (which proposed alternatives to bachelor’s degrees; see “College crush,” Feb. 14, 2009). This year’s Murray blockbuster argues that the United States is Coming Apart.

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For our children

by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/15/12, 11:37 am

Have you ever heard of the AIC? I hadn’t either, until I was extended an invitation to join. As an author of books for children, I have a number of contacts in this segment of the publishing world, one of which sent me an email a few weeks ago: “A message from AIC.”

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Associated Press

Critical win

Abortion | Could China’s positive reaction to author Mo Yan’s Nobel Prize lead to the ending of the country’s one-child policy?
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 10/12/12, 11:23 am

When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Thursday that Chinese author Mo Yan had won the Nobel Prize in literature, the elated state media in China paused programming to broadcast the news of the first Chinese national to win the award.

The excitement contrasts with the blackout of international news coverage two years ago when Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize. Liu is still in jail for co-authoring a manifest for democracy in China.

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